Bo Pelini Post Game Quotes

Check out what the NU head coach had to say after a 42-29 win over Fresno State.

On what he told his players after the game
"I said good win. 2-0. I thought we were going to be challenged tonight. I thought it was a good team win, but I also think it's a win that, in all three phases, did some things that obviously didn't help us win the football game. I think all three phases did some things to put us in the situation we were in. Every year, you're going to have some games like this. You're going to have some games where you have to find a way, and we did. There were a couple times early in this football game where it had a chance to go south on us pretty quick, and I think we rose up. I thought defensively, we did a nice job there, especially in the second quarter, when the field position was there. I thought the offense answered the bell in the second half, I thought they played really good football. I think we showed how explosive we can be on offense. I thought Coach (Tim) Beck called a great game in the second half. He put us in the right looks and made great adjustments to what they were doing. I think our coverage teams answered the bell in the second half, because it wasn't good enough in the first half. I think we all took our turns being inconsistent, but you gotta enjoy wins and then you go to work the next day. The process continues for us."  

On what he told his team during halftime
"I said we're going to find out what this football team wants to be. Period."   

On the play of freshman I-back/returner Ameer Abdullah
"I think he showed how explosive of a player he can be. He's a weapon back there, and obviously he did a nice job."   

On if he thought Fresno State would run the ball like they did
"No. I'm obviously disappointed in how we played defensively. Like I said, I thought we did some good things at times, but we all took our turns on that side of the football. Front to back, we didn't play good enough. I think it will be a good wake up call for them. Sometimes you've got to get humbled. It wasn't anything we didn't expect, we just didn't execute, we didn't tackle, we didn't play well defensively. I'm pretty sure we know how to fix that."   

On if he knows what halftime adjustments were ineffective
"They executed better than we did. I mean, it's not magical. You have to make plays, you gotta do what you're being coached to do. Time and time again, we took turns not doing that. That's very uncharacteristic of our guys, and I'm not talking about young guys. I'm talking about guys that have been around here and played a lot of football. We didn't play well, and like I said, I'm pretty sure we know how to get that fixed."   

On how big quarterback Taylor Martinez's final touchdown was
"It was great. I thought it was a great call. Like I said, I thought Coach Beck and the offense did a phenomenal job in the second half. We gave them the opportunities, and our players made plays."   

On the play of the receiving corps
"Like I said, I think you saw how explosive our offense can be. They were getting aggressive, we caught them in some looks where we got our guys in one-on-ones, and you gotta win. They're gonna win some, but I think we showed that if you do that too much, we can hurt you in a hurry. We've got some guys that can get down the field on you."   

On if he's learned to live with Martinez's occasional mistakes because of his big-play abilities
"No, we want him to clean those up, obviously. But no one's perfect. He's only about 15 games in as a starter, he's not gonna play perfect. A lot of people would take what he did. He put a lot of yards up between his throwing and running. I'm glad he was on our team."   

On if the play of the offensive line improved
"Yeah, I thought so, especially in the second half. What'd we rush for today--219 yards? But I saw us moving the ball well in the second half. I thought we had pretty good balance. It's hard, especially early in the game, they had a lot of guys up there. But we made good adjustments, and we played better as the game went on. Does that mean we played perfect up front? No, but I saw improvement, and that's what you look for."

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